The metaphysics of being of St. Thomas Aquinas in a historical perspective

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The metaphysics of being of St. Thomas Aquinas in a historical perspective

by Leo J. Elders ; [translated from the Dutch by John Dudley]

(Studien und Texte zur Geistesgeschichte des Mittelalters, Bd. 34)

E.J. Brill, 1993

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Metafysica van St. Thomas van Aquino in historisch perspectief

Metaphysics of being of Saint Thomas Aquinas in a historical perspective

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Metaphysics, formerly the queen of science, fell into oblivion under the onslaught of empiricism and positivism and its very possibllity came to be denied. Professor Elders traces the history of this process and shows how St. Thomas innovated in determining both the subject of metaphysics and the manner in which one enters this science, particularly in the framework of his Aristotle commentaries. The work then considers being and its properties, its divisions into being in act and being in potency, into the act of being essence, and into substance and the accidents. Finally the causes of being are considered. The work also introduces and surveys the extensive literature of Thomas interpretation of the past 50 years.

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction I. Being II. The Properties of Being, I. A History of the Transcendental Concepts to Aquinas III. The Properties of Being, II. The Theory of the Transcendental Concepts from Scotus to Sartre IV. Being has a Content V. The Unity of Being. Being as Some one Thing VI. The Truth of Being VII. The Goodness of Being VIII. Evil IX. Being is Beautiful X. Principle of Contradiction: Being is not Not-Being XI. Being in Act, Being in potency XII. The Real Distinction between Essence and Being XIII. Being (Esse) XV. Participation XVI. The Order of Things XVII. Substance, the Primary and Basic Instance of Being XVIII. Accidental Being XIX. Causality XX. The Four Genera of Causality Index of Names Index of Subjects

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